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Grzegorz Piechowicz
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Alpenglow in the Highlands

[EN] Hey, everybody! It was my third trip in this year in the hope of shooting the snow-covered mountains. This one was eventually successful and delivered everything what all previous attempts had not. All of the magical elements of fresh snow and crisp air came together this morning in the Southern Highlands. I took this photo from Beinn Odhar and this area is visually really beautiful with splendid panorama over a group of four peaks: Beinn a' Chleibh, Ben Oss, Beinn Dubhchraig and the tallest - Ben Lui (considered by many people to be the finest mountain in the Southern Highlands). This image is from a very early morning shoot when the temperature was really chilly. The lights harvested a brief moment of alpenglow on the mountain peaks. The alpenglow light you see on this image arrived 10 minutes prior to posted sunrise (sunrise from my position was 8:57am and I captured this image at 8:47am). This intense orange colour was painting the mountain peaks and snow. It comes and goes quickly and to ensure I'll capture alpenglow light I had to be ready on location 30 minutes before posted sunrise time. Once direct sunlight hit the peaks, the warm alpenglow light disappeared and was replaced by a more neutral light. The results were amazing as I was expecting. I hope you like it :-)

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[PL] Witajcie ponownie w Nowym Roku! Poniższe zdjęcie wykonałem podczas trzeciej już wycieczki w góry w tym roku z nadzieją uchwycenia zimowego krajobrazu. Poprzednie wyjazdy zakończyły się fiaskiem z uwagi na niesprzyjającą pogodę, ale tym razem wszystkie elementy tworzące magiczny nastrój wspaniale zagrały. Świeży śnieg, czyste i mroźne powietrze oraz piękne chmury dopisały tego poranka w południowych Highlandach w Szkocji. Zdjęcie zostało zrobione z góry Beinn Odhar i muszę przyznać, że to miejsce jest wyjątkowo malownicze, rozpościera się stamtąd wspaniała panorama czterech wierzchołków: Beinn a' Chleibh, Ben Oss, Beinn Dubhchraig i najwyższego - Ben Lui (uznawanego przez wielu za najpiękniejszą górę w tej części Szkocji). To był bardzo wczesny oraz chłodny poranek. Wierzchołki gór zabarwiły się intensywnym kolorem żółto/pomarańczowym pochodzącym od łuny, która pojawia się krótko przed wschodem słońca. Zdjęcie powstało na 10 minut przed wschodem słońca i to zjawisko optyczne trwa bardzo krótko, trzeba być przygotowanym z dużą rezerwą czasu, najlepiej półgodziną. Kiedy rozpoczął się „prawdziwy” wschód słońca, wszystkie te ciepłe pomarańczowe barwy zniknęły ustępując miejsca tym bardziej neutralnym. Wizualny efekt okazał się fantastyczny zgodnie z moimi oczekiwaniami. Mam nadzieję, że Wam również się podoba.

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#Scotland #Highlands #mountains #sunrise #Szkocja
+Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak +Dorma Wiggin +Chandler L. Walker +BTP Landscape Pro +Photo Mania UK +VisitScotland +Photo Mania Poland

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The End is Here

[EN] Today's post is the last I am sharing this year. This was a great year photographically for me. I managed to capture few photographs which I am really proud of, but this one seems to be my most favourite work of the year 2016. Taken in the Faroe Islands, at the farthest point of Kalsoy island, which boasts a dramatic coast with very high and precipitous cliffs. The scenery is just breathtaking, and a lighthouse standing there looks like a tiny toy against its neighbour. I tried to find a nice composition on a narrow rock ledge and to maintain my balance in very strong winds. In the same moment, I noticed something really spectacular happening with the light as beams of sunlight broke through the cloud shelf and lighting up the waves of the North Atlantic. This was a fleeting moment but it represents an essence of the Faroese landscape: remoteness, unspoiled nature, ever changing weather, the winds, the breeze... I am truly pleased with the final effect.

I the final word I would like to thank all of you for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I am honoured to get such fantastic feedback from you and I truly appreciate this! I would like to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017.
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[PL] Dzisiejszy post jest moim ostatnim w tym roku. To był naprawdę udany rok pod względem fotograficznym, udało mi się uchwycić kilka zdjęć, z których jestem zadowolony i dumny, ale niniejsza praca wydaje się być moim faworytem roku 2016. Zdjęcie zostało wykonane na Wyspach Owczych, na najdalej wysuniętym punkcie wyspy Kalsoy, całkowicie zdominowanym przez surowe nadmorskie krajobrazy wraz ze strzelistymi klifami. Sceneria zapiera wręcz dech w piersiach, a znajdująca się tam latarnia morska wygląda niczym mała zabawka wobec skali swojego sąsiada. W poszukiwaniu ciekawej perspektywy musiałem balansować na wąskiej półce skalnej i jednocześnie stawiać czoła silnym północnym wiatrom. W tym samym momencie zauważyłem spektakularnie wyglądające promienie słoneczne przedzierające się przez ciężkie chmury i rozświetlające fale Północnego Atlantyku. To była ulotna chwila, ale która jednocześnie przedstawia istotę farerskiego krajobrazu: odległość, dziewiczą przyrodę, ciągle zmieniającą się pogodę, wiatr, mżawkę... Osobiście jestem zadowolony z finalnego efektu.

Zapraszam również do odwiedzenia mojego bloga, w którym znajdziecie Państwo pełny opis miejsc, które miałem okazję zobaczyć wraz z kilkoma wcześniej niepublikowanymi zdjęciami.
http://gpiechowicz.photography/2016/11/wyspy-owcze-fotografia/

Na koniec chciałem podziękować wszystkim osobom, które zajrzały do mojej galerii, za Wasze plusy i bardzo pochlebne komentarze. Jest mi bardzo milo z tego powodu i szczerze to doceniam. Chciałbym życzyć Wam oraz Waszym bliskim zdrowych i pogodnych Świąt oraz wszystkiego najlepszego w Nowym Roku 2017.

Grzegorz

#Faroe #FaroeIslands #Kallur #lighthouse #ThatsAPlus
+Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak +Dorma Wiggin +Chandler L. Walker +BTP Landscape Pro +Photo Mania UK +Photo Mania Scandinavia +Photo Mania Poland

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King of the Faroe Islands

During my recent visit to the Faroe Islands, one of my first impression was that the islands are very rich with waterfalls, you can find them almost everywhere. And this is a photo of the highest one, a spectacular waterfall of Fossá, which cascades 140 meters down to the sea in two stages.

#Faroe #FaroeIslands #Fossa #waterfall
+Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak +BTP Landscape Pro +Photo Mania UK +Photo Mania Scandinavia +Photo Mania Poland
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Slave Mountain

At the end of the Lake Sørvágsvatn in the #Faroe Islands you can witness 148m high, mind-blowing cliff Trælanípan. This place is absolutely extraordinary, but it has also very scary historical background. Supposedly, in old days, the Vikings used to push over the cliff old and sick slaves. If you are eagle-eyed you may see two people on the top of the cliff. This will give you an idea of the scale of the wall.

I wish you a very nice weekend!
G.

#Faroe #FaroeIslands #Vagar #Tralanipan #Atlantic #cliffs
+Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak +BTP Landscape Pro +Photo Mania UK +Photo Mania Scandinavia +Photo Mania Poland

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Two Brothers

Two capes which are on the list of the highest in the world: Cape Kunoyarnakkur (819 m - the highest in Europe) & Cape Enniberg (754 m) seen here from Kelsoy island on the amazing #Faroe Islands.

#Faroe #Kalsoy #cliffs #Kunoyarnakkur #Enniberg
+Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak +BTP Landscape Pro

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Under The Eagle's Nest

This is an iconic view of the waterfall of Múlafossur in the village of Gásadalur (Goose Valley). The view is one of the most photographed places in the Faroe Islands but once you see it you will understand why. There is a magical atmosphere at the site and always mesmerising and fascinating to follow the waterfall and observe how the water continuously flows over the edge down onto the sea surface. Gásadalur has been one of the most isolated villages in the Faroe Islands. Until a tunnel was built in 2004, the village could only be reached by walking along a steep mountain path south of the village or by helicopter. In the background of the village and waterfall you can see two of the highest mountains on Vágar: Árnafjall The Eagles Mountain (722 m) and Eysturtindur (715 m).
This is a popular spot for the photographers but I can't agree more than the wise old saying: It's better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times

#Faroe #FaroeIslands #Vagar #Gasadalur #Atlantic #cliffs #waterfall
+Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak +BTP Landscape Pro 
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Ocean Spray

If you are not afraid of heights then you can enjoy this almost surreal scenery from surrounding cliffs. On the right is the lake Sørvágsvatn and on the left the North Atlantic and turquoise blue water decorated with milk-white, ever moving waves, crashing against stony witnesses of bygone geological eras. Bøsdalafossur waterfall has a height of 30 meters and units here the lake and the ocean.

#Faroe #FaroeIslands #Vagar #Sorvagsvatn #Atlantic #cliffs
+Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak +BTP Landscape Pro +Photo Mania UK +Photo Mania Scandinavia +Photo Mania Poland
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Far, far away

Only few other places on Earth are more splendid in their isolation than this mysterious 18-islands archipelago of the Faroe Islands situated between Norway, Iceland and Scotland. They have been named the world’s favourite unspoiled island destination by National Geographic Traveler and the New York Times. On my recent visit to the Faroe Islands I tried to explore as many places as possible and here is one of my favourite spots there - Tindhólmur. An islet on the west side of Vágar Island, that is 262m high and uninhabited. It has its name from the five peaks, which are named Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði, Bogdi (Farthest, Eagle, Small, Broad, Bent). A pretty gruesome legend about Tindhólmur tells the story of a family consisting of a man, woman and small child that once lived on the rugged rock. While the father was fishing an eagle stole the two-year old child and took it to its nest. The parents horrifically found their child with its eyes plucked out in the eagle’s nest. The child later died and ever since nobody wants to live on the barren rock. It is an amazing place and for many people the islet resembles big shark’s tooth or a castle from Tolkien’s stories.

I hope you like this work and please feel free to comment and share my work.

#Faroe #FaroeIslands #Vagar #Tindholmur
+Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak +BTP Landscape Pro +Photo Mania UK +Photo Mania Scandinavia

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Winter Storm

Highly visited and highly photographed icon of the Tatra Mountains - Morskie Oko/Sea Eye lake. But, when I visited this place for the first time last spring, I couldn't resist seeing it and photographing it again...now it was my third visit. I know I know, but I just really wanted a nice shot of this place :-). Out of those visits, it wasn't a sunrise or a sunset got the award for the best light, but instead it was at 11 o'clock. I've trained my brain to completely forget about shooting mid-day, but sometimes great things can happen in the middle of the day. This was a good reminder of that. The incredible snow formations, storm above the mountains and white trees created an almost monochromatic, frozen world which was complemented by the clear and crisp water of the lake. All together it made a very unique & beautiful atmosphere. I am happy to have this as a memento.

#Poland #Polska #Tatra #Tatry #MorskieOko #landscapephotography
+Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +AJ Lim +BTP Landscape Pro +Photo Mania Poland
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Rolling Hills

Some of the most breathtaking places around the world come from the mystical creation of otherworldly landscapes. One of them is the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye, part of the Trotternish Ridge, a geologic phenomenon formed millions year ago when the volcanic lava flowed on the region and created spectacular area of the rock pinnacles, sheer cliffs, strange rock formations and Hobbit-like fields of green rolling hills. I've been visiting this fantastic destination few times over the past years and with each trip I returned home with a better understanding of the land and always found new viewpoints to photograph. This is a view looking towards the Staffin Bay on a cloudy morning when the rising sun barely penetrated through the thick layer of clouds. The warm colour of the light coloured gently cold tints of the sky and green hills.

#Scotland #IsleofSkye #Quiraing #sunrise
+Landscape Photography #landscapephotography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +AJ Lim +BTP Landscape Pro +Photo Mania UK
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